German police to do DNA tests to catch rapist

7th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

7 July 2006, DRESDEN, GERMANY - Police in Germany announced Friday they would collect DNA from up to 100,000 men in a bid to catch a rapist who targets pre-teen girls.

7 July 2006

DRESDEN, GERMANY - Police in Germany announced Friday they would collect DNA from up to 100,000 men in a bid to catch a rapist who targets pre-teen girls.

The progressive laboratory tests of men living in and near the German city of Dresden is set to become one of the world's biggest DNA dragnets.

Police obtained the offender's "genetic fingerprint" after he raped girls aged 9 and 11.

Police and commercial laboratories are to compare that DNA with 6,000 saliva samples per month until police find a match.

Mail shots begin next week to 6,000 men who were living near the scene of the rapes last September and January, asking them to visit police stations and provide samples.

Police admitted the method would be fruitless if the offender was an out-of-town man.

DNA analysis is reliable because there is only a one chance in 500 million that two men will have the same genetic signature.

In an earlier case, German police tested 18,000 men till they caught a man who had murdered a child.

DPA

Subject: German news

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